Bio: Sebastian Kennerknecht is a wildlife and conservation photographer with over fourteen years of experience visually covering wildlife and environmental issues internationally, focusing in particular on wild cats. He has produced high quality editorial photographs, time-lapses, videos, and web content featured in and by BBC Wildlife, Smithsonian, The Economist, Science, and Conservation International, among others. Using highly customized SLR camera traps, along with conventional photographic techniques, he works closely with field biologists to both effectively and ethically capture photographs of some of the rarest cats on the planet while also highlighting the threats they face. Working for conservation organizations and on magazine assignments, Sebastian has photographed twenty-three of the forty species of wild felids, in twenty-nine different countries.
Sebastian graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Ecology and Evolution from the University of California – Santa Cruz, won NANPA’s emerging photographer award, and is an associate fellow with the International League of Conservation Photographers.
Philosophy: My photography is my best tool for doing what I care about most, conserving and protecting wildlife in peril. I am also a strong believer of partnerships and I treasure all of the dedicated people and conservation groups I have had the pleasure to work with. I truly feel, that by working together, we can make the necessary differences for the wild animals we love so much.
In terms of what I am willing to do to get the picture, its easy, the welfare of the animal comes first, everything else is secondary.